FARMINGTON — The presentation “Public by Default: Participation in a Digital Society” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center, 111 South St.

The free presentation is part of the UMF Public Classroom Series and will be preceded by refreshments at 6 p.m.

Meredith Swallow, University of Maine at Farmington assistant professor of elementary education, will give a talk that willl explore the fundamental challenges, shifts and opportunities in personal visibility, and public participation, in a connected world. She will explore how technology and social media have changed the physical and digital communities, and will focus on the developments and uses of educational and classroom technology as reasons for necessary dialogue around digital citizenship.

She also will share her work with pre- and in-service educators on developing positive relationships with a digital presence and assumed publicness. Specifically, she emphasizes that while connectedness is complex, positive active participation in virtual communities helps empower students and educators to amplify productive engagement and learning.

At UMF, Swallow teaches educational technology and field based courses for elementary education majors; curriculum, instruction and assessment courses in the M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership program; and technology supported inquiry-based learning courses in the Masters of Instructional Technology program.

For more information, call 778-7081.

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